2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Implicit Racial and Gender Biases on Academic Achievement


David H. Phan
Dr. Paul Shapiro, Faculty Mentor

There have been numerous studies on the effects of racial and gender biases on academic success, however measuring the prevalence of these biases are understudied. This research examines the implicit racial and gender biases at Truman State University. 210 students were prompted to predict the cumulative grade point averages of students from 4 different hypothetical scenarios varying by race and gender with selective hints of their academic status held constant. T-tests show that black males are predicted to have higher grade point average than white males, respondents with higher GPAs are more likely to ascribe a higher GPA to black males than those with lower GPAs, and female respondents predicted higher GPAs for white females than men did within their respective scenarios. We discuss the implications of these findings and how future studies are needed to build a more comprehensive understanding of implicit racial and gender biases on academic achievement.

Keywords: Gender, Race, Implicit Biases, Academic Achievement

Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 14-3
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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